JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - It is a Zippity Doo Dah weekend in Fondren as the Sweet Potato Queens and their wanna-bes roll into Jackson. The big parade is Saturday night, but the festivities have already kicked off in a royal way.
It is that time of year again where wigs, tiaras and feather boas are common place. Watch out Jackson! Royalty has arrived.
"I'm from Larksville, Pennsylvania," said one queen at Sal and Mookies Pie Lounge Friday.
"Raleigh, North Carolina," said another.
"We have 2 queens from Council Bluff, Iowa and two queens from Omaha, Nebraska," said Jill Jasek of the Candy Corn Queens.
The Sweet Potato Queen wanna-bes have traveled from as far away as Indonesia for the Zippity Doo Dah festivities. This is the first year for Boss Queen Jill Conner Browne to part ways from Malcolm White and his Mal's Saint Paddy's Parade. The event brought in 65,000 people last weekend.
The very first Zippity Doo Dah Parade will be held in Fondren at 6:30 Saturday evening.
"We're waiting to see what will happen. We're excited about a new opportunity, but we enjoyed the Hal and Mal's parade too so," said Marcie Smith from Auburn, Alabama with the SPAM Queens.
"I'm excited about the change. It's a whole new venue. It's going to be fun. I think the whole at night, light up theme is going to be great," said Jasek.
Saturday will also bring in a load of fun including live music and a children's carnival led by Fondren business owner Jeff Good.
"This neighborhood is alive. It's on fire. It's a very healthy neighborhood. It's made of black and white, old and young, a lot of creative folks, people that really love this city," said Good.
The queens will bring the spotlight Saturday to the growing Fondren community.
"That's what this is all about, another layer of quality to the Jackson experience," said Good.
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